Bremerton Branch Remodel
Kitsap Bank relocated the retail operations of its downtown Bremerton Branch from 607 Pacific Avenue (6th and Pacific) to 1000 6th Street (6th and Warren, next door to Starbucks), holding a grand opening in August 2021. This move provides the opportunity to offer state-of-the-art banking services to clients in a newly remodeled facility. The new branch interior features a clean, updated look and feel; and utilizes the latest in banking technology, including cash recyclers, and both walk-up and drive-thru ITS (Interactive Teller Services).
“For this renovation project, we were fortunate to bring together great local talent, including Rice Fergus Miller Architects and BJC Group in the design and construction,” stated Steve Politakis, Kitsap Bank’s Chief Executive Officer. “We are proud to be a part of the revitalization of this very visible and important corner in Downtown Bremerton.”
The building, first occupied by Seattle First National Bank (later Seafirst and Bank of America), was built in the early 1970s. The entry corridor features technology tables and seating for individuals, or for small group conversations; and the open architecture welcomes visitors into the bank lobby.
Kitsap Bank has converted the original bank vault into a large community room that will be made available for local nonprofit organizations to reserve for meetings. Visitors will experience a combination of past and present, as original safe boxes harken back to 50 years of banking history, while state-of-the-art audio/visual and digital technology supports presentations, as well as interactive meetings and events.
A nod to Kitsap Bank's long-term “#causegood” commitment to the community, the “Starfish Story” mural at our Bremerton Branch begins inside the bank as the young boy endeavors to save one starfish at a time, and extends out into the community as the boy's good deeds result in increasing impact. The mural ends with Kitsap Bank's tagline, #causegood on the north exterior wall.
The Starfish Story
One day a man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked, he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one.
Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I'm saving these starfish, Sir.”
The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?”
The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
Our #causegood Mission
Like the boy in The Starfish Story, we challenge ourselves each and every day at Kitsap Bank to make a difference - no matter how small the deed, or how great the cause. Improving the lives of our neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. We're on a #causegood mission. Join us. Share your story with us on social media - #causegood.
Port Orchard Revitalization
In a unique private/public partnership, Kitsap Bank recently sold its 619 Bay Street property to the City of Port Orchard for the future home of a new South Kitsap Community Center. The Community Center is part of a larger plan to redevelop and revitalize the Port Orchard waterfront. Built in 1977, the 619 Bay Street facility has been home to Kitsap Bank for nearly 45 years. The Bank will build its new corporate headquarters at 639 Bay Street - just across the street from our original 1908 headquarters.